General News

‘Medical miracle’ 14-year-old boy walking four days after breaking neck on trampoline

Aiden Horsley has been dubbed a ‘medical miracle’ after breaking his neck and leaving doctors fearing he would be be paralysed for life.

The 14-year-old gymnast, who had qualified for the British Championships just days before his accident, broke his neck while training on a trampoline in his back garden in February 2017.

But the ‘inspirational’ boy made a remarkable recovery, with him walking just four days after the accident.

The gymnast, who attends the Crypt School and trains at Checkers Gym in Morelands Trading Estate, specialised in tumbling which combines gymnastics with the skill of trampolining.

Original article from Gloucestershire Live

Cryptonite – winners of The Digital Schoolhouse 2018 finals

The video game industry is booming, as our culture become more digitalised gaming has simply become more accepted. We live in a day and age where elderly people on buses are playing games on their phones while they ride the bus.

 

That’s where Digital Schoolhouse from UKIE come in. They regularly hold workshops and tournaments to educate schoolchildren on the potential jobs that exist within the gaming sphere. Every year, they host a gaming tournament for schools across the nation – the finals culminated at the Gfinity Arena earlier this week.

Out of all the teams that competed, it was the group  ‘Cryptonite’ from the Crypt School in Gloucester that came out on top in the Overwatch tournament.

The team of 14 and 15 year-olds couldn’t believe their luck, taking home a trophy, medals, a PlayStation 4, a signed Overwatch poster in a frame and a limited edition Soldier 76 statue between them.

The win came as a big shock to them according to one of the winners, Beau Maguire: ‘It was very nerve-wracking and surprising because we didn’t expect to win at all. We didn’t expect to win regionals and we definitely didn’t expect to win the whole thing. We somehow didn’t even drop a map.’

The Digital Schoolhouse report

The Daily Mail Online report (including typos!)

Dave Reeves to be honoured at Old Cryptians Club Dinner

“In 1925 a group of Old Boys and their friends formed a club called The Greyfriars RFC. However, in 1928 they decided to form the Old Cryptians Rugby Club (OCRFC). Only boys and Staff from the Crypt would now be eligible. The changing- rooms were at “The Ram” public house. This was later knocked down and the “New County” hotel was built. They then moved to the “Swan and Falcon” which was also demolished to make way for a multi-story car-park off Southgate Street.” Read more…

The 117th Annual Reunion Dinner

Dear Old Cryptian,

On behalf of your President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club, I am pleased to invite you to the Old Cryptians’ Club AGM and Annual Reunion Dinner. This year is the 75th anniversary of the School’s move to Podsmead and accordingly, the event is to be held at The Crypt School, Podsmead Road, Gloucester. GL2 5AE.

Saturday 24th March 2018
6.15pm – The Club’s Annual General Meeting 
6.45pm for 7.30pm – The 117th Annual Reunion Dinner

The cost of Dinner (exclusive of wines) will be £29.50 for OC Club members, £32.50 for non-members and £15.00 for school sixth formers and students.

Please see the accompanying booking form – Dinner Reservation Form

There will be a cash bar for pre-dinner drinks and wine to accompany the meal.

The guest speaker will be Richard James, the Chair of Governors for the School. He will propose the toast to, “The Old Cryptians’ Club” after which your President, Charlie Hannaford, will respond on behalf of the Old Cryptians’ Club with, “Floreat Schola Cryptiensis”.

The Dress code for men is lounge suits/jacket and tie and for ladies the appropriate equivalent.

The Ladies’ Annual Dinner will again be incorporated into the OC Club Dinner. Places on the ladies’ table(s) will cost £29.50 and can be reserved via Steve Mace in the same way as the OC diners, using the same form.

Please feel free to circulate this invitation widely and use the event to meet with as many of your OC friends and contemporaries as possible.

Your President looks forward to greeting you on 24th March.

With best wishes,

Steve Mace (1970–1977)
Committee Member, Old Cryptians’ Club 

 

Gloucestershire Exiles

 

Howard Allen, a Past President of the Old Cryptians Club, is a huge fan of Cricket wherever or by whom it is played.  He is particularly keen on Gloucestershire Exiles  (click) which is a part social and fund-raising organisation which exists to support Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.  Howard invites all Cricket lovers to take a look at the piece (MS Word) and consider joining.

 

Christmas Wishes from Discover de Crypt

Discover DeCrypt wishes you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018!!

2017 has been a busy and exciting year for Discover DeCrypt as we have gone through the preparation necessary before the start of capital works.  As ever, we are very grateful for your continued interest and support!  We will be starting the New Year with the announcement of our contractor and cannot wait to see what major changes 2018 will bring. But first, we will be taking a break for Christmas.

The Project Office will be closed between 21 December and 2 January inclusive.

The project team and trustees wish all of you a peaceful and festive Christmas and good wishes for the New Year!

Discover de Crypt – Take a Pew

Would you like to take a pew?

Not all our pews will be re-instated after renovation and we want to find good homes for them.

So this coming weekend (8th-11th December) we will hold a Discover DeCrypt Fundraiser Pew Auction.  Bidding will take place between noon on Fri 8 Dec and noon on Mon 11 Dec. More details on the linked flyer!

Read more…

Discover de Crypt – filming extras wanted

Ever been in a film? Have an hour to spare on Saturday 2 December? We are shooting a professional promotional film on Sat 2 Dec to show the project while the buildings are closed and to have a record of the ‘before’ when it re-opens. We need people to fill up the church between 9.45-11am and we need children of all ages for a shot at the storytelling bench in the churchyard from 11am – noon.
Don’t miss out on your moment of fame! More info here.
Please contact mail@discoverdecrypt.org.uk, so we can keep track of numbers!

Multi-million pound restoration project

One of Gloucester’s “unsung historical treasures” will be restored to former glory as a major regeneration project gets underway.

The churchyard at St Mary de Crypt in Southgate Street will be closed for more than a year as work at the centuries-old church gets underway.

From www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk (with ads, autoplay video and pop ups – and an alarmingly large photo of a past president of the OCC)

Discover de Crypt – November newsletter

November project update: Newsletter

We had a great week at the end of November with the exciting and educational dig in the Old Crypt Schoolroom. Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help and to Kevin and Nick from Avon Archaeology Ltd who took so much time to share their archaeological wisdom!

The volunteers found some fantastic small finds including a toy canon and writing slates and styli that help us imagine the schoolboys who once worked and played here!

There are more photos  from the dig by clicking on the photo below which will take you to the Discover de Crypt Facebook page.